Rural Wellbeing

Sarah Donaldson and Sarah Percy are both passionate about supporting our crucial rural sector.

Sarah & Sarah have extensive experience working within rural organisations like Farmstrong and the Rural Support Trust and are keen to share their expertise and knowledge to continue to build strong enduring rural communities.

Together with their practical and down to earth advice are able to tailor a programme to best suit the needs of farmers, families, businesses and industry groups.

Both have strong rural ties having real farming experience they are deeply committed to supporting the health, productivity and wellbeing of farmers, their families wherever and however they can.

TEA can provide a range of support and education packages depending on the needs of you, your staff, your business or your organisation.

Individual Support

One on one support and coaching is available for rural people facing challenges or adversity. Work with Sarah Donaldson, NZs only Clinical Psychologist who specialises in rural health and wellbeing in NZ.

Combining her understanding and experience of farming with psychology, Sarah can help you map out your current challenges and develop a plan of action. Learn practical strategies to feel healthy, perform sustainably and reach your goals.

Sarah can help with:

  • Health and wellness concerns such as low mood, anxiety,
  • Loss of motivation, self-confidence or direction
  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue, work related stress or burn out
  • Succession challenges
  • Life changes, adjusting to new roles and directions, post injury, retirement planning
  • Facilitation to navigate role or relationship challenges within family or business

“Sarah has a gift for working with rural folk. From absolutely ‘getting’ the joy of a good day out on the farm, to understanding the stresses, to using language like; “running these options through the drafting gate”. Sarah’s focus is on wellness. “What can we do together to get you back to being as well as possible?” I have found Sarah to be supportive, insightful, wise and most helpful. I highly recommend her. “

Lawrence Field, Masterton

Health & Wellness Programmes

TEA can provide support to develop your own Health & Wellness programme or review your current programme.

Developing a meaningful Health &Wellbeing programme can mean the different between staff engagement and increased productivity rather than continued disengagement and stressed people.

TEA’s Health & Wellness programme’s includes:

  • Current state of your team’s wellbeing and skills,
  • Culture measurement,
  • Environment,
  • H&W policies.

Check out the personal wellbeing or workplace wellness pages for more information on how TEA can work with you.

Speaking Opportunities

Both Sarahs are available to speak to groups or businesses about Health and Wellbeing. Their talks are tailored to each audience to include practical tools and stories that resonate with rural communities.

TEA have had the opportunity to present to a wide range of industry groups including Beef & Lamb NZ, MPI, Landcorp, Dairy Women’s Network, First Light (Farms), Agri Womens Development Trust, Farming Woman Tairawhiti, Lonestar Farms, South Wairarapa Vets, Kelso, VetSouth and Pastoral Management Group,

Hear what our clients have said:

“Our group could all relate to Sarah and the messages she had to deliver, good insights. Sarah was brilliant and easy to listen to”

Pastoral Management Group 2019

“Your session was repeatedly touted as the best session of the day”

MC from Kelso conference.

Check out some of the work TEA has been involved in:

Sarah Donaldson talks about stress while working hard on the farm:

Sarah Percy talks about how to squeeze in healthy eating while working long hours on the farm:

Videos Courtesy of Farm Strong

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